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  • Northside West

Call to speed up Metro North project

Tuesday, 31st October, 2017 8:00am

Story by Jack Gleeson
Call to speed up Metro North project

Work on Metro North isn’t due to start until 2021.

Call to speed up Metro North project

Work on Metro North isn’t due to start until 2021.

A DUBLIN North West TD is calling for the Metro North project to be delivered faster than currently planned to avoid a transport crisis in the near future.

Work on the 17km rail link between Dublin Airport and the city centre is planned to begin in 2021, with a completion date predicted for 2027.

Last week Deputy Dessie Ellis (SF) raised concerns in the Dáil over delays in the resumption of the consultation process for Metro North and demanded the process begin as soon as possible. 

The Sinn Fein junior spokesperson on housing planning and local government is warning that projected population growths show potential adverse effects on transport capacity.

Last week the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) published new projections that predicted Ireland’s population was set to increase by almost a quarter by 2030.

“Recent population growth projections suggesting an increase in population of between 400,000 to 1.1 million by 2031 will put an already congested M50 under huge additional pressure as well as adversely affecting other transport routes around Dublin,” he said.

At present the M50 resembles at time a large car park. The M50 is virtually if not already at capacity particularly during peak times.”

Earlier this year, Dublin Chamber of Commerce warned that the lack of a rail link between the city and the Airport was proving a deterrent to companies moving jobs and business to Ireland.

"Speeding up the construction of Metro North would send a clear signal to the people and businesses of Dublin - and also workers and companies looking to locate here in light of Brexit - that Ireland is serious about addressing the current infrastructure deficits that threaten to stifle growth,” said Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke.

Deputy Ellis says traffic congestion on the motorway is already posing a threat to the economic development of Dublin.

“I am greatly concerned that the resumption of the consultation process for Metro North has not even begun yet,” he added.

“The Metro North is be completed in 2027, a time when the huge growth in population that has been projected will have occurred.”

Deputy Ellis is demanding that Metro North be delivered on a faster timescale.

“There is a real possibility of a crisis developing in the near future in our ability to provide sufficient transport capacity for our growing population,” he said.

“At the very least the consultation process for Metro North must resume immediately.”

 

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